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E-cigarettes are not harmless

November 23, 2019, 8:16 am

Heilbronn Evaporation is often touted as a "safer" option for smokers. That's only partially true, says SLK pulmonologist Axel Kempa.

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Smoking e-cigarettes is not harmless, honey

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Smoking e-cigarettes is not harmless, which is also agreed by doctors, even if the variant works better when compared to smoking tobacco.

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Under the rubric we examine the alleged health advice and turn to the question: Is this really medical knowledge or is it just a myth? Today: Is e-cigarette less harmful than regular cigarettes, and can it help you stop smoking at all?

Studies on long-term consequences are not yet available

"There are no studies on the long-term consequences," says Axel Kempa, a pulmonologist at the Lwenstein Clinic. The potential harm to the continued use of e-cigarettes on the body is still unclear.

Kempa points out that e-cigarettes can vaporize very different substances – even those that are not intended for this purpose and that cause lung damage during inhalation at certain doses. There are now more than 40 deaths related to e-cigarette smoking in the United States, according to U.S. health authorities.

E-cigarettes are not a harmless life product

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Kempa says, "Smoking e-cigarettes is not as harmless as we would believe in advertising." He particularly criticizes the young target group. "A youth advertisement with supposedly brilliant, diverse flavors is only intended to make young people addicted to the product."

To the point that e-cigarettes could play a role in smoking cessation, he says, "That is still largely unclear." Instead, Kempa fears that young people may be tempted to smoke because of the e-cigarette life picture.

Behavioral therapy and nicotine smoking cessation patches

Your health question

Ask your health question at Expert Axel Kempa, 46, heads the Pulmonology, Respiratory and Intensive Care Unit at SLK-Lwenstein Clinic.

How does it compare to conventional tobacco products? The German Cancer Research Center at Heidelberg (DKFZ) writes: "Compared to tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes are probably much less harmful, and yet they are not harmless lifestyle products.

Non-smokers should not use e-cigarettes because of the unknown long-term effects on their health. "Anyone who wants to quit smoking would find that the most promising method, according to current research, is still behavioral therapy, supplemented with nicotine replacement products such as nicotine gum or a patch.

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Valerie Blass


Valerie Blass is a writer in the political department.
She is particularly interested in health issues.